“Rumors mongers” hysteria : a doctor arrested

After 2 brokers, and the owner of  a snooker bar (!), a fourth individual has been arrested in the “rumors mongers and stock market” case about the King’s health.

She’s a doctor in Bangkok, and has no link whatsoever with the others. Talk about a conspiracy.

Police said they have evidence confirming that she had posted the information on a politically-oriented website and caused the plunge of stock market during October 13-15.

She admitted posting the information on the website .

Dr Thassaporn was charged with violating Section 14 of the Computer Offences Act for posting inaccurate information which threatens national security. (TNA)

Sorry to quote myself :

What’s next ? Are they going to arrest a maid, a taxi driver, a farmer, a hooker ? “Rumors mongers” and “national security”… it’s just amazing !

Deep into the Rabbit Hole, we are.

Striking and dark irony of the calendar : the King is in hospital since exactly 2 months (saturday september  19)… And since Loy Kratong, we have no news whatsoever.

So to summarize : you’re a doctor, you might have an opinion, afterall it’s your job, but if it’s related to the King and if you post it on the Web, you become a threat to national security.

This is the Thailand of 2009.

This is Thailand of Abhisit, the dashing “democrat” Prime Minister who could cancel the insane Computer Crime Act (read here) designed by the Junta, by the generals in 2007, after a Coup d’etat.

But no. Not a word. Not a move.

First, not to displease his masters (Abhisit was not elected PM, he was pushed by some puppet masters behind the scene) and second because obviously Abhisit feels at ease with this law (along with the lese-majeste law) : it serves his political interests, it’s a huge leverage against any opponent.

5 Responses to ““Rumors mongers” hysteria : a doctor arrested”

  1. 1 arthurson 20 November 2009 at 2:24 pm

    If convicted her punishment could be 5 years in prison and a 100,000 baht fine. Her bail was set and posted at 100,000 baht, so essentially the fine has been imposed in advance since she will never see that money again! The government TV news coverage said that she “admitted to posting false information,” which is most likely not true. What is most disturbing is that this doctor has no connection with the SET or stocks at all. There doesn’t seem to be any attempt to link her actions to stock market manipulation charges. So where is the threat to national security? If one was to post that the King is likely to die within the next few months, would that be violating Section 14 of the Computer Offences Act? This looks like a deliberate attempt to shut everybody up from talking about HM the King’s impending death.

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 20 November 2009 at 3:29 pm

    The answer seems yes. And we could add : if you have bad luck. The 4 individuals arrested are just scapegoat… Wrong times for them.

    The gvt, the police all went in hysteria mode… the problem is : once the machine is started, it’s very difficult to stop it. This is the basic way of function of all cases related to lese-majeste for instance.

    Add to this the “can not lose face” thing…

    My point : I believe, and I hope, that even high ranking officials think “oh my god this is ridiculous and it’s going too far”…. But it’s difficult for them to stop the process. Because they could be accused after of… lese-majeste….

    And we shall not forget : the King is in hospital. So the times are very strange and dangerous for any official. Fear, fear of the unknown. Therefore : they don’t do nothing that could create the impression that they are not loyal.The whole administration is waiting.

    But on the other hand, some officials are probably way more cynical and are using those events as political leverage, as political weapons.

    I mean we know it since several years already… The times are going to be complicated. And could be dangerous too.

    The royal succession will not be something “casual”, “normal”.

  3. 3 whoopla 21 November 2009 at 5:33 am

    Dear Froggie friend, you are so funny, talking about Casual and Normal!

  4. 4 Insanity 21 November 2009 at 12:24 pm

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  5. 5 Insanity 23 November 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Asian Human Rights Commission – Statement

    THAILAND: Computer crime law as lese-majesty substitute

    November 20, 2009

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Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.

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